TAMPA, Fla. -- Joba Chamberlain mopped the sweat from his face with his pinstriped jersey as he walked off the field on Saturday, his perfect inning of work complete.
There were no fist-pumps this time, not after a Grapefruit League appearance in the third inning, but there could have easily been a sigh of relief after his bullpen session inspired little confidence.
"It felt like I was throwing bowling balls, to be perfectly honest with you," Chamberlain said. "When I was warming up, it was like, 'These are coming out like grenades; this isn't good.'"
You couldn't tell by the results. Chamberlain needed 11 pitches (nine strikes) to power through three Phillies hitters, striking out one. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the team clocked Chamberlain at 93-94 mph.
"It's a good sign for me," Chamberlain said. "It obviously means I'm getting out front and my delivery is better than what it has been.
"So I'm excited about that, and I was able to pitch off my fastball, which sometimes I get away from. It's early, it's your first one, but there are always things you can take away until the end of the season."
Chamberlain said that one major difference is that he has moved his hands from his chest back to his belt before his windup. It reduces movement during his motion and is closer to what he did when he was called up in 2007.
"The important thing is if he feels comfortable with that," catcher Francisco Cervelli said. "He looks better. His arm is a little quicker right now, but we've got to keep working, because it's a long Spring Training. The games are when you see if it's good or not."